Copperas Cove Animal Control was dispatched to the 1600 block of Connie Ave in Copperas Cove Saturday about a raccoon that was lying under a shrub behaving strangely.
Animal Control located the animal at 1602 Connie Ave and it was impounded. The raccoon was sent to the Texas Department of Health Laboratory in Austin for testing.
Tuesday, the Texas Department of Health notified Copperas Cove Animal Control that the raccoon was infected with rabies.
Any citizen who believes they, their pet, or has knowledge of a person or animal having any contact with a raccoon, or other wild animal in this area is urged to contact Copperas Cove Animal Control immediately at (254) 547-5584. Copperas Cove Animal Control is open Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM.
Any calls made in reference to this incident should be made to the Copperas Cove Police Department at (254)547-8222. Also contact your physician and/or veterinarian in the case of a possible animal exposure.
The public is urged to keep an eye out for potential signs of rabies.
Signs of rabies infection in a human may include, but are not limited to: fever, headaches, fatigue, respiration difficulties, possible paralysis or hyperactivity, or coma.
Signs of rabies infection in pets may include fever, chewing at the site of an infection or bite, erratic behavior, walking aimlessly, general restlessness, skin irritability, sensitivity to light, aggression in animals who are not normally aggressive, and generally unnatural behavior for that animal.
Citizens are warned not to approach, touch or have any contact with wild animals, and to keep their pets from having contact with wild animals. Steps should be taken to safeguard their outside areas by covering garbage cans, not leaving pet food outside, etc.
Anyone observing a wild animal behaving strangely should contact Copperas Cove Animal Control immediately.